These days, you can’t be in a supermarket and walk a metre in any direction without seeing a banner proclaiming something is ‘gluten-free’. Or Paleo, the diet every third fat-to-fit person raves about. But while the jury is still about how completely accurate these diets are for humans, there’s an easy consensus on the canine dinner menu- Grain free dog food is much better for them.
Although dogs are omnivores by opportunity, their digestive systems have not evolved to digest large amounts of carbohydrates. They can metabolize them sparingly, so a top heavy carbohydrate diet leads to a lot of systemic diseases in adult dogs. Unfortunately, carbohydrates are what make up the bulk of most dog foods, because cereal and corn are such good [= cheap] fillers. So while puppies do well with moderate protein diets, adult dogs don’t adjust as well.
This is why you should be a connoisseur where your pet can’t. Grain free dog food is the best way to make sure that your dog is eating right, and subsequently feeling right. Here are the best grain free dog food types you can introduce into your pooch’s menu- with your vet’s all clear, of course.
Best Grain Free Dog Food – Top 5
Grain Free Puppy Food
Taste of the Wild dog food is already a go-to brand for anyone not feeding their dogs dehydrated food, but this particular variant takes it a step further. It contains 17% lamb by weight, 17% lamb meal, and additionally a 3% roasted lamb as well. In the mix also go fruits, vegetables like sweet potatoes that add fibre and satiety value with resorting to grains, and added vitamins and minerals. Dogs can be started of it right out of puppyhood, once they’ve transitioned and are comfortable with puppy food.
With a solid 25% protein content in it, Taste of the Wild also has a good amount [¬15%] fat in it. Adult dogs do very well with the ¬60% meat content, which is probably also why most dogs love the taste and switch over without any fuss even if they’re used to another staple food. The ingredients also include dried chicory root and fermented products, that keep your dog’s gut healthy. It’s a great way to provide a balanced diet without compromising on nutrient distribution, but also without too many calories in the bowl. Not to mention the added antioxidants for a boost to the immune system!
And, the best part is that it’s very economical. Large bags ring up at not large figures at the till. So whether you have one dog or many, this is still the best and most viable pick for a pampered [and healthier!] pooch!
Grain Free Dry Dog Food – Top Choice
This brand -and variant- is a hot favourite for two reasons- content and flavour. Harrington’s Dog Food with salmon is a first pick for many dogs who have dietary restrictions or sensitivities, since the salmon is single source and potato does not aggravated intolerances or sensitivities to grain. It’s a dry food that can be bought and stored conveniently, but also a full meal with no artificial colouring or preservatives in the mix.
Harrington’s dog food comes with added Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which encourage a full glossy coat and are great for your dog’s heart health as well. There is also added yeast and yucca extract, which improve digestion and add bulky fibre to the food. Whether your dogs are eating it exclusively or with a wet food snack now and then, it keeps them hooked on the taste.
All these make it an even better choice for pet owners whose dogs have exceptionally sensitive stomachs and/or fussy eaters. Especially in dogs with digestion issues, it goes a long way in clearing up the irregularities and keeping your dog full and comfortable. And since it comes at an excellent value for money price, there’s really no going wrong with this!
As far as grain free dog foods go, Skinner’s is a craft. This dog food is targeted specifically towards working dogs with high energy expenditure and demand, who need a dog food that can provide them with nutrients that match their quota of running around.
Skinner’s has ingredients that are protein and carbohydrate heavy- 20% British duck meat meal and 40% rice, with an added quotient of oats, peas, whole linseed, sunflower oil, beet pulp, vitamins and minerals- Vitamin E, A, Iodine, Copper Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, etc.These provide fibre, roughage, iron, vegetable protein, and help keep their digestive tracts clean and coats healthy and glossy. It’s a specifically hypoallergenic food that does not contain items known to irritate dogs’ digestions, like wheat gluten, maize gluten, barley gluten, Soya and dairy products. Plus, there’s added Chrondroitin and Glucosamine, which maintains joint and bone health in dogs. Although some dogs require to be switched to it gradually, to get them accustomed to the smell and taste.
Skinner’s comes with variants for older dogs or dogs that have to go on a diet, too. So even if your dog isn’t sheep herding or running around all day, it’s still a good way to ensure that he gets a proper balanced diet tailored to his needs!
Although a much smaller brand, this dog food does not skimp on quality. James Wellbeloved grain free dog food is made from a single meat source- turkey, lamb, or fish- and has added vegetables to the mix, ensuring a thick and filling dog food that provides a high satiety value to your dog.
James Wellbeloved dog food is ideally suited for adult dogs. It’s hypoallergenic with no added preservatives or colours, and a terrific option for dogs with known food allergies or sensitivities. Even if your dog doesn’t have a full blow sensitivity and just an iffy stomach, this is a great dog food to try out. As a plus, it comes with gravy, and dogs go barking mad about the taste of it.
The only downside is the significant difference in price, but if you’re not fussed about a slightly higher budget, this is definitely a dog food your pooch should be eating!
Grain Free Wet Dog Food – Top Choice
The terrific promotion on this dog food aside [free wet food? Yes, please!], Forthglade is a major contender on the list of best grain free dog foods. If your dog is a finicky eater who gets bored with his/her food very easy, this is the solution to your problems. Each pack has four each of three single meat variants- chicken, lamb, and beef.
At almost 90% protein content, it’s rather on the protein heavy side and thus unsuitable for puppies. At the same time, adult dogs love the taste, especially of the beef flavour. Sometimes it can be too much food for one serving. This is why the makers recommend refridgerating it and feeding it to your dogs within 48 hours of opening it.
Being ready-to-eat wet food in trays, Forthglade dog food has a shorter shelf life than dry food that can stay for months. Also, some variants are more of an acquired taste, like chicken, which isn’t as popular as the beef. But again, to each dog, his own! Also, this dog food is grain free but not high in fibre, which is why you’ll have to make sure your dog gets his roughage from another dietary source every day. But for a wholesome treat, Forthglade is a great pick!
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